Steve Bruce bemused by late kit change before Sheffield Wednesday's goalless draw

Sheffield Wednesday were asked to change to home strip as their yellow third kit was deemed a clash of colours

Liam Palmer of Sheffield Wednesday battles for possession with Fred Onyedinma of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday at The Den on February 12, 2019 in London, England. 0:42
Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce and Millwall boss Neil Harris talk about the kit clash in their Championship match which ended 0-0

Steve Bruce was bemused by referee Tim Robinson's decision for Sheffield Wednesday to change kits a few hours before their goalless draw against Millwall.

Bruce said he was told by the match official at 5pm that his team would have to wear their home blue-and-white strip at The Den, despite Millwall already being set to wear their traditional dark blue kit.

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Bruce felt it was a strange decision by Robinson as Wednesday had brought their yellow third strip down with them to south east London.

Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday both wore kits featuring blue on Tuesday night
Image: Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday both wore kits featuring blue on Tuesday night

He told Sky Sports: "We had a yellow strip and the home kit with us, but the referee insisted that he would rather see the blue and white stripes I suppose. That's the excuse I got in the first half.

"Nobody knew whether we were passing the ball to each other. We had a yellow one and I questioned it at 5 o'clock today, but ultimately the referee makes the call."

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday

Millwall manager Neil Harris said he could understand the thinking behind referee Robinson's decision.

He added: "The only thing is when you're playing in two completely different colours you can catch people out of the corner of your eye and make [wayward] passes.

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"The players were saying on the pitch it wasn't a huge problem [both teams wearing blue] other than that peripheral vision you can sometimes play with.

"I think it was a lot more harder from the stands and probably looked a lot more confusing for the fanbase watching."

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